Missing a child’s ADHD diagnosis can have a cascading impact that ranges from limited success for an individual to severe personal, interpersonal and societal consequences.
When a family doesn’t understand what is happening with a child and does not learn the compensatory skills required to live with and manage ADHD, it can be devastating to individual lives. Sadly, failed relationships, stalled careers and missed opportunities for education result when ADHD is not diagnosed or well-managed. Children are bullied or become bullies themselves; they are ridiculed and tormented; and in some cases they are “excused” from educational systems because they are unable to conform. As these children age, their failure to thrive or achieve independence in their 20s is a cause of growing concern for parents and service providers.
A recent article published in Pediatrics Magazine indicated that the incidence of death from suicide was nearly five times higher among adults who had childhood ADHD. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) estimates that between 20 to 50 percent of adults diagnosed with ADHD meet criteria for an alcohol or other drug disorder. And research suggests that more than 25 percent of the incarcerated population, particularly inmates with longer-term sentences, have ADHD.
Stop treating medication as a panacea or a pariah. Shift the focus to an emphasis on comprehensive treatment and management
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this review of ADHD, when undiagnosed and untreated, is superbly written. It highlights the enormous risks of those denying ADHD exists and mistakenly considering stimulant treatment dangerous, even when expertly implemented and monitored. Refer to: ADHD Exists Despite Misleading Book “ADHD Does Not exist.” .
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-taylorklaus/adhd-_b_4618252.html, Elaine Taylor-Klaus 2/4/14, Co-founder, ImpactADHD.com
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